Let’s have a look at how we can create custom list by using our own List Definition
There is <ListTemplate> element using which we can easily create our own list definition. Andrew Connel has explained this very well in this post
But this is something different approach I wanted to use with our own list definitions
After creating List Definition I didn’t want to add List Instance to the solution because if we do so, then it creates a list with based definition automatically when feature gets activated.
I wanted to have a control over creation of this list which will be based on our custom List Definition. Which puzzled me..
Then I found a way to achieve this by using object model.. I don’t know yet If there are multiple ways to do this but this one was perfect choice for me and worked very well J
When we create a List Definition then we have a feature which provisions list definition
Note that GUID used here in code is Feature Id of the feature which provisions the list definition.
Also : please take into consideration that there are some methods in server object model available for creating a list using list templates directly , but this was something different than list templates, so this approach was preferred , because List Templates are stored into the content database while list definitions resides on actual file system of the server
SPList list = null;
using (SPSite site = new SPSite("http://yoursite/"))
using (SPWeb web = site.RootWeb)
//List Will be Created Based on this ListDefinition
- OOB Custom List Definition
foreach (SPList _list in web.Lists)
list = _list;
if (list == null)
web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;
Guid listID = web.Lists.Add("TestList", //List Title
"This is Test List", //List Description
"Lists/TestList", //List Url
"00BFEA71-DE22-43B2-A848-C05709900100", //Feature Id of List definition Provisioning Feature – CustomList Feature Id
100, //List Template Type
"101"); //Document Template Type .. 101 is for None
web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = false;
catch (Exception ex)
this is the way to do this and works fine :)
I hope some one finds this useful..